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Poster: Robotech_Master Date: Apr 23, 2009 9:47pm
Forum: web Subject: Geocities Closing Down

Geocities will be dead and gone later this year.

Might be a good time to make sure the Wayback Machine's archive of Geocities sites is as up to date as possible, as many of these sites may not even be under maintenance anymore and it would be a shame to lose all that information.

http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/23/yahoo-quietly-pulls-the-plug-on-geocities/

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Poster: mcampane Date: Jul 3, 2009 9:29pm
Forum: web Subject: Re: Geocities Closing Down

It is sad to see it go. I was an employee of Geocities. In fact, I was the first employee hired who actually had created a web page before being hired. I was employee number 24. I was hired just after they changed from Beverly Hills Internet to Geocities. After being too cramped in the Beverly Hills office, we moved to Santa Monica. I left before Yahoo purchased Geocities. What a shame. If I had stayed, the IPO shares would have paid off really well!!

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Poster: internetarchaeology Date: Sep 21, 2009 2:33am
Forum: web Subject: Re: Geocities Closing Down

Internet Archaeology is saving much of geocities. Check out our site at internetarchaeology.org

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Poster: DWL Date: May 4, 2009 5:19pm
Forum: web Subject: Re: Geocities Closing Down

I wholeheartedly agree. Geocities should definitely be archived before it's possibly lost forever.
DWL

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Poster: AnnaN Date: May 12, 2009 12:59pm
Forum: web Subject: Re: Geocities Closing Down

This FAQ contains instructions on submitting a site for inclusion:

http://www.archive.org/about/faqs.php#The_Wayback_Machine

How can I get my site included in the Wayback Machine?

Alexa Internet has been crawling the web since 1996, which has resulted in a massive archive. If you have a web site, and you would like to ensure that it is saved for posterity in the Internet Archive, and you've searched wayback and found no results, you can visit the Alexa's "Webmasters" page at http://www.alexa.com/help/webmasters#crawl_site.

Method 2: if you have the Alexa tool bar installed, just visit a site.

Method 3: while visiting a site, use the 'show related links' in Internet Explorer, which uses the Alexa service.

In all cases, ensure that your site's 'robots.txt' rules and in-page META robots directives do not tell crawlers to avoid your site.

Sites are usually crawled within 8 weeks of submission, sometimes much sooner. However, there is a 6-14 month lag between the date a site is crawled and the date it appears in the Wayback Machine.

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Poster: AndyG31 Date: Jul 5, 2009 7:35pm
Forum: web Subject: Re: Geocities Closing Down

I'm sure that Alexa is well aware of the existence of Geocities.com.

Users manually submitting Geocities URLs to Wayback Machine is not appropriate in this particular case.

Wayback Machine needs to do a special, thorough crawl of Geocities, saving as much as possible, including all images.

There is not much time left, Wayback Machine need to take action.

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Poster: AnnaN Date: Jul 29, 2009 11:06am
Forum: web Subject: Re: Geocities Closing Down

A special collection has been established for Geocities: http://www.archive.org/web/geocities.php

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Poster: achury Date: Apr 24, 2009 4:58am
Forum: web Subject: Re: Geocities Closing Down


Would be great to keep an archive of the whole geocites webpages. Many unmantained pages comes from the first years of the web explosion, they are very interesting as historic samples of the early internet evolution. Many of the have valuable information with practical use. Please save it!

Would be great to reach an agreement with yahoo to receive from them a copy without waste bandwidth crawling every page...


Marco Achury
Caracas, Venezuela

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Poster: Gouken Date: Apr 24, 2009 10:55am
Forum: web Subject: Re: Geocities Closing Down

I concur. Please save the geocities pages. It would be a shame to lose this valuable resource. :(